Category: Christian

Dec 24
Review: Pieces on Earth by Cathy Bryant

Review: Pieces on Earth by Cathy Bryant

Cathy Bryant, Christian, Christmas, contemporary 1

The plot of Pieces on Earth revolved around Liv’s anxiety and stress over her husband’s unexpected deployment to Afghanistan as well as other life “yuck” that just all piles on at once. Through the process, Liv and her daughter and even a friend or two learn a truth timely for today’s world – Life is broken. We are broken. Everything is a mess. But God sent Jesus to be our “Fixer”, to rescue us from our mess and repair what is broken.

Dec 18
Best Books of 2015: Nonfiction

Best Books of 2015: Nonfiction

Amy Lively, Best Books 2015, Christian, Cynthia Ruchti, Jill Lynn Buteyn, Max Lucado, nonfiction, Valerie Woerner 3

It’s that time of year when everyone is making lists and checking them twice. Some are finding out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Some are making sure those in their circles of gifting know what they want for Christmas.

Here at Reading Is My SuperPower, I’m making lists too! Every day this week will feature the best books I read in 2015 from different genres.

Dec 17
Best Books of 2015: Amish Fiction

Best Books of 2015: Amish Fiction

Amish, Best Books 2015, Christian, Jennifer Beckstrand, Kathleen Fuller, Olivia Newport, Patricia Davids, Shelley Shepard Gray, Vannetta Chapman 14

It’s that time of year when everyone is making lists and checking them twice. Some are finding out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Some are making sure those in their circles of gifting know what they want for Christmas.

Here at Reading Is My SuperPower, I’m making lists too! Every day this week will feature the best books I read in 2015 from different genres.

Dec 16
Best Books of 2015: Mystery/Suspense

Best Books of 2015: Mystery/Suspense

Best Books 2015, Christian, Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Janice Cantore, Julie Klassen, Lynette Eason, Margaret Brownley, mystery/suspense, Patricia Bradley, Shelley Shepard Gray, Susan Sleeman 8

It’s that time of year when everyone is making lists and checking them twice. Some are finding out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Some are making sure those in their circles of gifting know what they want for Christmas.

Here at Reading Is My SuperPower, I’m making lists too! Every day this week will feature the best books I read in 2015 from different genres.

Dec 14
Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Review: The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes

Christian, contemporary, Laurie Alice Eakes, mystery/suspense, romance 5

Laurie Alice Eakes quite simply has a way with words… and with characters. I was delighted to see these strengths just as evident in The Mountain Midwife, her first contemporary novel, as in her historicals. The fact that characters in The Mountain Midwife descended from characters in two of her historical series made it just all the more thrilling for a book adorer like me.

Dec 12
Review: Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray

Review: Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray

Christian, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Shelley Shepard Gray 5

Shelley Gray’s brilliantly crafted mystery trilogy is perfect for romantic suspense fans, especially those that lean toward the historical. (Not the hysterical, mind you. Let’s save our swooning for the kisses!) The recurring theme of people being more than what they appear resonates through all 3 books and is most perfectly illustrated in the comparison to the buildings constructed for the World’s Fair. Characters whose lives seem “outwardly impressive” are proven to be “structurally unsound” while the reverse is also true just as frequently. An entertaining and compelling reminder that, while we so often look no further than the outside, God sees our hearts.

Dec 07
Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas collection

Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas collection

Amanda Cabot, Amy Lillard, Christian, Christmas, Davalynn Spencer, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, historical, Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, Maureen Lang, Michelle Ule, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman, romance, Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough 7

Usually when you have this many different authors in one place, there are bound to be a couple of stories that I don’t like. That was not the case in The 12 Brides of Christmas. I have my favorite novellas of the group, certainly, but each story was very well-written with solidly developed & engaging characters and emotionally-satisfying plots. My only wish is that each novella had been its own full-length novel so that I could have more of the delightful characters.

Dec 04
Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Amish, Christian, contemporary, Jennifer Beckstrand, romance 16

While this is the 6th book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand, it can easily be read as a stand alone. But I can just about guarantee you will want to go back and read the other books in the series as soon as you’ve finished Huckleberry Hearts because you will fall in love with Anna and Felty and Cassie and Zach and well, MOST of Cassie’s extended family 😉 Written with much talent and warmth, Huckleberry Hearts is a new favorite and I highly recommend it to fans (and non-fans) of Amish fiction, Jen Turano, and Cynthia Ruchti.

Dec 02
Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Christian, Christmas, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan Sleeman 3

Susan Sleeman takes a small amount of space and fills it up with high-caliber action, suspense and romance until you forget you are reading a shorter-length novel. Her First Response Squad reminds me in all the best ways of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley family (there’s a crossover idea for a publisher somewhere!). I just can’t say enough good things about these books – get them. read them. You’ll love them.

Dec 02
Review (Plus a Giveaway!): The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Christian, contemporary, historical, Rachel Hauck, romance 1

The Wedding Chapel entranced me from the very beginning. The dual timeline added an element of intrigue that kept me turning the pages and inhaling the words as quickly as possible. I especially loved the fact that readers get to see the story from various perspectives as the focus alternates between the four main characters. To me, this kept the plot flowing and the emotional investment strong.